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7 Family Tips on How to De-Stress for the Holidays

Holidays can be a stressful time for kids and their families. Familiar routines are frequently broken, family gatherings can be emotional and intense, and the expectations of what Santa is bringing can be unrealistic and a bit overwhelming.

How can you keep your kids calm, happy and enjoying this most wonderful time of the year?

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Children With Pets Have Less Stress

A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that pets could protect your child from childhood anxiety, mental illness and obesity.

“In Australia and the UK, dog ownership has been linked with increased physical activity among children aged 5-12 years and healthier body mass index (BMI) in those aged 5-6 . . . → Read More: Children With Pets Have Less Stress

ADHD Meds May Be a Prescription for Bullying

A new University of Michigan study recently reported that kids and teens who have been diagnosed with ADHD and take medications like Ritalin are twice as likely to be physically or emotionally bullied by peers than those who don’t have ADHD.

“At even higher risk were middle and high school students who sold or shared . . . → Read More: ADHD Meds May Be a Prescription for Bullying

‘Worst Toys’ List for 2015

U.S.-based consumer watchdog, World Against Toys Causing Harm, just published its annual “10 Worst Toys” list to alert parents about impulse buying toys that can be dangerous and harmful to their children.

“A set of dinosaur claws, a quick-folding trampoline for 6-year-olds, and a slingshot-like device that can launch projectiles 100 feet are on the . . . → Read More: ‘Worst Toys’ List for 2015

Youth Sports Burnout Driven by Achievement by Proxy Syndrome

Dr. Chris Stankovich, a sport psychology consultant and advocate for positive youth sports development summarized the experience of many American children playing sports today:

“Youth sports burnout in America is increasing at an alarming rate, and millions of kids nationwide are becoming both mentally and physically fatigued from playing sports too intensely, often year-round. Sadly, . . . → Read More: Youth Sports Burnout Driven by Achievement by Proxy Syndrome

Many Children Under 5 Are Left to Their Mobile Devices, Survey Finds

A recent survey in Philadelphia discovered that three-quarters of parents surveyed gave their children tablets, smartphones and iPods by age 4 and allowed them the use of these devices without any supervision.

Although the survey is small and not represented nationally, experts still say that “the surprising result adds to growing evidence that the use . . . → Read More: Many Children Under 5 Are Left to Their Mobile Devices, Survey Finds

Danger to Kids From Antibiotics Used in Food Producing Animals

The American Academy of Pediatrics cautioned in a recent report that wanton overuse of antibiotics in food-producing animals is jeopardizing our ability to treat life-threatening infections in children.

“The report, “Nontherapeutic Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Animal Agriculture: Implications for Pediatrics,” calls antimicrobial drug resistance a growing public health crisis and points to a common . . . → Read More: Danger to Kids From Antibiotics Used in Food Producing Animals

Pediatricians unveil game plan for safer youth football

In a new statement, AAP outlined a series of recommendations to improve children’s safety while participating in youth football leagues. These recommendations apply to younger, elementary school children and not to high school and college-age players.

“These new gridiron guidelines call for coaches to teach young athletes proper tackling techniques as well as ways to . . . → Read More: Pediatricians unveil game plan for safer youth football

Link Between Breakfast Quality and Educational Outcomes

A recent study of 5,000 9-11 year old kids, believed to be the largest of its kind up to date, found that children who ate a well-balanced breakfast before school did better in their classes and achieved higher academic outcomes.

“The research found that the odds of achieving an above average educational performance were up . . . → Read More: Link Between Breakfast Quality and Educational Outcomes